London: Collins, 1979. First UK Edition. First Impression. Octavo; blue-gray paper over boards, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 280pp. A triffle sunned at spine and upper board edges, else very Near Fine in a Fine, unclipped dustjacket, with some trivial sunning to yellow spine lettering. The sixth Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin novel.